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YTD Video Downloader

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Formerly known as plain old YouTube Downloader, the recently renamed YTD Video Downloader updates to version 4.0 with a promise of 2x faster downloads and 2x faster video conversions, and perhaps more usefully, the ability to resume downloads after the temporary loss of an Internet connection. As usual, the installer includes a Spigot-based YTD Video Toolbar and offers to change your default search engine to Yahoo and add 5-6 shopping extensions to Google Chrome. Clicking the "Decline" button during the lone advertising screen in the installer lets users easily opt-out of all offers.

Downloading worked very well for popular video sites like YouTube, Vimeo, and Blip.TV. As in previous reviews, YTD Video Downloader quickly saved the default MP4 file to the directory of my choice, which is easily selected or created from the main screen. I tried various CNET and "creative commons"-tagged videos on YouTube and had excellent download speeds. I was sure to try out the most recently added site that YTD supports--the Chinese video site Youku--and was able to download a wonderful beetle animation easily, though it did break longer videos into multiple files (see below).

The free version of YTD Video Download only allows downloading to the MP4 video format, so the additional conversion functionality for changing the file to WMV, AVI, or MP3 is welcome, but why not just convert the download on the fly? Converting video files worked acceptably well, although I did crash the app once converting a Download Video Preview from MP4 to MP3. The conversion completed, but the program become unresponsive and I had to force quit. I experienced other occasional brief program hangs when downloading large videos from foreign sites.

The video player in YTD is supposedly new for v4, but I can't tell the difference from v3. Users select a directory from which to select specific video files, and YTD Downloader plays back the video in a small windows that is about 300x165 pixels. A full-screen button is the only resizing option, and there is no skipping around within videos--the only controls are for moving to the previous or next video on the directory. It's a passable player to confirm that the video you selected was downloaded and is not corrupt, but no one would use YTD for their regular video player.

I tested out YTD's new "resume download" functionality the old-fashioned way--by ripping the ethernet cord out of the back of my PC. The software delivered as promised--after the PC was unplugged, the downloading files updated to a "Status" of "Paused, waiting for Internet connection" and then resumed appropriately after replugging into the network.

One thing I did notice is that YTD will (sometimes) break longer videos into multiple MP4 files, and if one of those files is complete when your Internet or computer crashes, YTD will restart all of those multiple files, even the completed ones. Not a huge problem, just a niggling annoyance, and I wasn't able to replicate the issue on YouTube (YTD always saved my YouTube videos as one file). A bit more frustrating than the mutiple files is the inability to resize the main application window to actually read the contents of the "Status" messages.

YTD Video Downloader version 4.0 doesn't add many new features, but performance of the latest update was impressive, and the app continues to work flawlessly on all the major video-streaming sites. I recommend it whole-heartedly without any reservations, aside from the standard mom-and-pop warning to only use the application for legal purposes per the laws and and regulations that apply to your geographic locale.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.5 stars

    out of 3,760 votes

    • 5 star: 1369
    • 4 star: 970
    • 3 star: 385
    • 2 star: 192
    • 1 star: 844
  • Current version:

    2.6 stars

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 6
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  • 1.0 stars

    "use to be good"

    September 28, 2013  |   By tracyne12

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.5

    Pros

    does download and convert like it says.

    Cons

    install pup optional b on my computer.

    Summary

    malwarebytes detected a malware called pup optional b on my computer. which is too bad i really did like this software. wish they had never updated to 4.5.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Reliable, fast"

    August 23, 2013  |   By issachar5

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.5

    Pros

    Works quickly

    Cons

    Haven't found any

    Summary

    Well worth the having.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "To be safe, create a restore point"

    August 22, 2013  |   By stevenmetcalfe843

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.5

    Pros

    I checked after installation (look in Programs and Features) and it definitely did not install any crapware.

    Cons

    For me, download speed has been good - 4 to 8 mbps for the free version, though Pro says speed is better.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Used to be good. Only video plays, no sound."

    August 22, 2013  |   By Chaplain627

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.5

    Pros

    Was easy to use for video and audio before January 2013.

    Cons

    After January 2013, only my video plays. No sound. Dont know why. Cant use it anymore. For months they kept trying to get me to upgrade to the Pro version, which I did not do. Now only video plays on the free version. No explanation.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Old version was great, Upgrade is not so great."

    August 21, 2013  |   By LABear81

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.5

    Pros

    The older version of the software did the job, slow, methodical, up to 3 downloads at a time.

    Cons

    The new version has a bug. It looks like the old version, humming along, then leaves the file in some unreadable state with no title. Now - after reading the other reviews - I'm scubbing all my home drives for malware. Ugh!

    Summary

    I used to be a recommender of this SW and I was almost ready to buy the pro version, but it looks like it's still a work in progress and not ready for prime time.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This ain't what it used to be"

    August 21, 2013  |   By you dont say

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.5

    Pros

    I have no ''pros'' if I don't trust installing it again.

    Cons

    I used to enjoy this program but they have ruined it. My anti-malware program picked up garbage they've built into this once good program. It's now the SNEAKY YTD program.

    Summary

    If you are currently running YTD Video Downloader you may want to consider running a anti-malware such as Malwarebytes to see if you're infected with their garbage. CNET should change the rating for this POS or else they lose credibility.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good software, careful of the bundled adware"

    August 19, 2013  |   By johnsti22

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.5

    Pros

    Love the software, works well.

    Cons

    Be very careful when installing.

    Summary

    This is a superb product.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "YTD downloads youtube videos in a minute"

    August 19, 2013  |   By _OKing_

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.5

    Pros

    The new upgrade is awesome, works great on youtube
    The free app is great, i wanted more features so i decided to go pro
    I have better speed and I can download in a minute from youtube.
    Since I became Pro I can automatically convert the downloaded files.

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say about it

    Summary

    I like YTD because it is easy to use. I used the free version for a year but only several months ago I decided to go pro. Best money e ever spent cause now I can download multiple files without any issues. The download speed also improved. I am a happy user.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "UPGRADE BREAKS A FORMERLY GREAT SOFTWARE"

    August 18, 2013  |   By paulettemoudakis

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.5

    Pros

    NONE they have killed this software with this "upgrade". Beware!

    Cons

    The former version of this software was great - this one is a total bust. No longer can choose format - it just automatically downloaded in .flv format and was much slower than the old software. I was able to uninstall this one and put the old one back on. DO NOT INSTALL THIS IF YOU LOVE THE WAY IT USED TO WORK!

    Summary

    Think this must have been bought out by someone else who is trying to force people to buy the pro version. Another example of if it ain't broke, don't fix it.....

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Download if you want to ruin your browser with malware"

    August 18, 2013  |   By DrAHD

    Version: YTD Video Downloader 4.5

    Pros

    None that I know of. I removed it when I saw the crap it put on my computer.

    Cons

    Loaded with multiple malware programs. SO dissapointed with CNET for allowing this type of program to be D/L'd from their site.

    Summary

    Stay away from this program. Took me an hour to get rid of all the malware.

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